I made my first batch with a whisk held in a battery-powered drill. It took me about 15 minutes to get trace! When I got my stick blender, the trace came so fast it scared me, and I had to spoon the batter into the mold!I so relate to your little mishaps. When we made our first soap, we didn't have a stick blender... I actually whisked and whisked like my life depended upon it LOL. The trace was not too thick, but the soap turned out not too bad. Then, we were gifted a good blender and oh, we weren't prepared! the trace got thick faster than we had anticipated and since we were using smaller moulds, we went to pieces! The soap itself was good (lovely texture and it gelled etc.), but the appearance, not so much LOL! We panicked and so there were gaps and bubbles etc. We now have a loaf mould, so I hope no more misadventures!
Good advice when using a stick blender - pulse and stir (with a spoon); repeat. I was taught to never use the stick blender to mix the soap - always pulse and stir. You can just stir but it takes longer (a lot longer) but if you just pulse, it may set up quicker than you want.No pics to show at the moment sorry but just wanted to reflect on my first attempt.
After asking lots of questions and gathering equipment and supplies I was ready to begin.
Following the instructions in a book I bought things went together well, lye water was err hot and cooling.
My bowl with solid oils and butters in didn't fit in the microwave so had to move them to a glass jug. The coconut oil melted straight away, the cocoa butter took a lot longer though!
Had a nightmare with essential oils, didn't pour very well from the 100ml container, ended up going down the side of the bottle, over the scales, over the table, on my gloves.
Anyway with oils melted and mixed and about the same temp as the lye water came time to really make soap.
So I have a Morphy Richards stick blender. I am in the UK so not sure if everyone knows the brand. Not going to lie it was brand new but sounded like an outboard motor, so not sure if its faulty.
Anyway started the blending and apart from the sound there was an incredible amount of bubbles being produced, which does concern me, also made the mistake of taking it out the mix before the blade finished spinning, so had to clean the walls after I had finished.
So the thing with watching videos is they are normally edited, you are never too sure how long they have been blending for. What is the average time? It felt like ages to me, I got it to a light trace and was happy with that but still a lot of bubbles for some reason. Poured into my mould and now its sat doing what soap does, well I hope it is.
Overall a good experience, nothing like the videos on youtube however!
Washing up done and if this works out then will be making plenty more though might need to look for a different blender.
As for the fragrance I have used may chang and lemon essential oils
When pouring EO or FO, holding a toothpick or skewer against the lip of the bottle gives it something to pour down.
Ok well, not too sure. Feels like soap and smells like soap but after looking at the photos before uploading see lots of white specs, strangely you can't see them on the actual soap with the naked eye but the camera shows them, guess they shouldn't be there. Not sure where I went wrong, temps for both lye and oils were virtually identical at 47c or 116f
Anyway pics attached